Outward Bound Veterans Courses.
The inception of the programs date back to the conclusion of WWll, it’s founder faced imprisonment by Hitler for his beliefs and approaches to education. Still he sought to create a path for people to be positively shaped through challenge and adversity.
The school is widely known for its work with the betterment of mental health, leadership and self reliance in youth. However, it’s free expeditions for service members are equally impressive. These experiences should become common knowledge within the Veteran Community.
From the mountains to the sea Veterans are detached from everyday stressors which is provided simply as a thank you for serving our nation. The programs focus is not setup to “help” Veterans, it’s to create challenge and adversity. If they happen to be bettered by it, so be it. But this is not a therapy retreat.
Hard skills like land navigation, rock climbing, canoeing, dog sledding and more will be presented. Through these skills we see a refreshment in self confidence, personal motivation and general happiness.
You don’t have to be a combat Veteran, or even have deployed for that matter. That holds no bearing on the fact that you sacrificed your time for others to enjoy theirs. So it is the programs aim to give some time back to you. Disconnected from judgements, worries and pressure. This is a 6 day gift to explore the lands you signed up to serve for.
The ability to hike, paddle, climb and adventure with other Veterans builds on the comradery that different branches of the military share. This environment is a familiar one while focusing on new obstacles in life.
Generous contributors have sent thousands of people on these events far exceeding millions of dollars in donations. They have done so because they believe the program to be successful.
Because people like me write things like this and because Veterans keep signing up to venture into the unknown world of going Outward Bound.
In 2013 one of these expeditions gave me a real break from the stressors of life to take a breath of fresh air. With that I began to motivate myself towards new success.
So here is a throwback. Last November (2017) I went and completed the 21 Day masters Course at Outward bound in Anakiwa. It was the best time of my life (no competition there). Multiday hikes, multitiple nights in the bush by your self, saililng, kayaking, rolling in mud and a bajillion other THINGS (Including Lots and Lots and LOTS of running) . Not a day went by when I was not sore (don't think it is going to be an easy ride) but its worth every moment. I highly recommend that EVERYONE completes one of these courses in your life weither you are young or old (50's+) hella unfit like me or an experienced athlete type that could carry the entire Watches food for 3 days. It is something that you will take with you forever.
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“It’s going to rain.”
I’ve always wanted to take @queeniephair camping, and if possible on a canoe trip. It was such a big part of growing up for me and I wanted her to experience it how I did. Finally this fall an opportunity presented itself: @outwardboundcanada would take us on a canoe trip. As the date approached I made sure I had everything I remembered needing on previous trips. But the one thing I was worried about was the weather... it could rain, and thinking about that made a whole list of “what ifs” scroll past my eyes. There were a myriad of reasons to stay home and prep for our trip overseas instead, but in the end we went.
And it rained.
But we were prepared. We had dry bags, and barrels, and rain suits courtesy of the team at #outwardbound#canada . And yes we got wet, and spent the first couple days damp. But I had forgotten something about canoe trips: the tough stuff is what makes them fun. We laughed a lot and encouraged each other. We put up our “contraband” in the form of battery operated strings of light to raise the spirits of everyone once we made camp. Hot drinks tasted better. Hot food was heaven.
By the third day the sun started to make an appearance, and we felt every ray. Setting up camp in sunlight became a luxury. Sitting around the fire on dry logs with dry feet was like a 5 star resort. Even doing the dishes was fun (see photo 7).
Through it all @queeniephair was a trooper. I should have known that this strong woman would be perfectly at ease this far outside her comfort zone. She lives that already. The best part of the trip was seeing her enjoy it. Even the tough stuff. Especially the tough stuff.
Thank you to our intrepid group for all the support and love.
@implore.to.explore (OBC Guide)
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@jaclynforbes (Make-Up ARTIST)
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@adamjosephchase (Model Dad)
Thank you @outwardboundcanada for challenging and changing lives since 1969. In our ever connected world we need to #getoutlookin more than ever. 🙏
📷 by @joshmankz and @marinaalin (brave camera owners!)
#tbt 1999, Joshua Tree, @outwardboundcalifornia
Fast forward, last week, @outwardboundcalifornia evening with @rozsavage. Roz is the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. She IS #positiveforwardmotion . Outward Bound does so much good for our Youth, Adults and Veterans. If you are familiar with this organization please consider donating. If you are unfamiliar, take a moment to checkout their page! I am happy to share with you my experiences!
Last January, in -33° weather I spent eight days in the #BoundaryWaters winter camping and dogsledding on a @voyageuroutwardbound adventure with four strangers, three instructors and 11 sled dogs. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding experiences of my life. Working for VOBS I not only got to experience the magic that happens on course myself, but I get to hear about it every day.
When you support VOBS, you support over 2,000 students that are young adults struggling with homelessness, middle schoolers just trying to find their voice, parents seeking deeper connection with their children or veterans readjusting to life at home. Regardless of who you are or where you are from, there is an Outward Bound course that is right for you.
This year, we're focusing donations for Give to the Max on scholarships for more girls to get on course. According to our evaluation methods (conducted by the University of Minnesota's CAREI -The Center for Applied Research & Educational Improvement at UMN) after course, our female students report higher growth than male students in emotional management, responsibility, empathy, initiative and service. Doesn't the world need more of that?? Please consider giving to VOBS today for @givemn’s #GiveToTheMaxDay and give the gift of challenge and discovery for future female leaders. Go to the link below to make your donation today!
Alex aka Mr. Camouflage always seems to wear clothing with colors that blend in with his surroundings. Maybe one day he’ll buy a vibrant colorful shirt so he pops out in pictures. @samanthajo_s you should help this guy out a bit with his wardrobe ;)
Today is the day! Love our Outward Bound canoeing programs in Florida? Don't forget to get your donations in today for #MiamiGivesDay when you can double your impact on those programs. Proceeds raised will go towards scholarships for students and teachers in Florida to go Outward Bound. Give: https://goo.gl/pZXfej
No Matter What Happens #ThankGod ❗
( Pictured: Lady Angel & Elder Soloman Hilton)
#TBT Memory: 9th grade. On our first "vacation", a five day #OutwardBound leadership trip that included canoes, hardcore points, & hypothermia (we'll talk about this in depth another time). But guess what? Every moment was rewarding! Today, thankfulness flows from both of our hearts because of this adventure! -S.H
Share a thankful moment with someone today, be a light in their lives.
Autumn in San Francisco ... We ‘re getting ready for Thanksgiving & winter. For me, originally a seasonal time where it gets colder and nature retreats. Spiritually it’s a time for regrouping with myself and with the dying landscape inspiring to let things go. Yet- the bland climate here in California doesn’t really allow for an easy retreat. There isn’t really a fire to sit by and evaluate all that had a chance to bloom, succeed, fail, finish or start this spring and summer. Nor does it feel natural to let things rest for a while, turn inward and contemplate, ruminate and make plans. Anyway; it’s a seasonal thing I guess. And I will embrace this bland weather, enjoy the sun and turn inward another day, week, season or year- onward it is! Can be confusing all this sunshine ☀️😀 #coachbarbarapiper#lifecoachbar#contemplate#turninginward#seasonalevaluation#selfcompassion#selfcare#outwardbound#plans
One of our most recent Outward Bound participants is MAST Academy Teacher of the Year, Ashli Wright. 😊 We are quite certain her students will benefit as much from her experience as she did. On #GiveMiamiDay , we hope to fund scholarships for 20 more teachers. 💞 Please donate via the link in our bio.
Is there any smile sweeter than the one that exclaims, "I did it!" Accomplishing goals and being participants to the realization that by working hard together, and believing in their own abilities as well as those of their peers, they can achieve EVERYTHING... That's Outward Bound, and that is what we mean to give every participant. With your contribution this #GiveMiamiDay , we can provide this incredible experience to students at no cost to their families. Thank you. 💗 (link in bio)
We bet you didn’t think your winter/spring calendar could look anything like this: December, canoeing through the cypress trees of Florida’s coastline; January, mountaineering the snow-covered peaks of Patagonia; February, kayaking Everglades National Park; March, summiting one of the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S.; April, whitewater canoeing the Chattooga River. Experiences like these in the world’s most unforgettable places come around only once a year. Enroll now on a winter or spring expedition. Link in bio!
"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." - Helen Keller
At OBC, we believes the challenges you face together helps you bond together and form friendships that last a lifetime. When you’re not on an adventure, remember all the obstacles your friends helped you overcome and be sure to let them know how much they helped. ❤️
Eeeek, something is wrong or uncomfortable? Brush that shit under the rug and don't talk about it, deal with it, or worst of all, feel it. It keeps coming back and you can't seem to get away from it. So you bury it deeper. But it still nags.
Most of us run from the areas of our lives that are painful, produce emotions, or hurt. If we shut our eyes really tight, we believe it will go away. We have goals and things we need to accomplish, we don't have time for anything to get in our way. But no matter how hard we try, there it is again.
Instead of running away from the things that deep down we know we can't escape, why not slow down and get into them? This does NOT mean dwell and ruminate. It means, be with the uncomfortable stuff, look it in the eyes, and find out what it's all about. Dig below the surface, behind the facts and data, and find out what it's really about and what's actually important about it for you.
When you get into it, when you don't just skip over the thing that continues to pull on your leg, you can move forward with new energy and more resources. Sometimes when you go slow, you end up being able to go much faster.